Pen your very own Christmas song this December. Make the season extra-special and create a family keepsake in the process. You may discover a hidden talent for songwriting! Need some tips to get started?
A thoughtful post at All Things Christmas reminds the would-be holiday song composer to stick to light-hearted and joyous themes. That is, most popular Christmas carols are upbeat and simple
, so no need to overdo the profound sentiment here if that makes you uncomfortable.
While the Web has more interesting Christmas song trivia
than you can shake a reindeer at, actual songwriting advice for would-be Irving Berlins is hard to come by. That's why I was delighted to discover Erica Lane's free video tutorials for eHow devoted to the very topic of DIY Christmas songs
Okay, so the presentation style is a teensy bit lackluster. (Holly rhymes with jolly? Really?!) The series is still a wondrous resource for would-be songwriters, covering basics like getting those Christmas-y idea juices flowing, coming up with a compelling song framework, and chord progressions. Our host even comes up with her very own song about St. Nicholas to illustrate the whole process.
Jingle Bell Rock indeed!